Building and installing from source

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While libreswan is becoming part of more Linux distributions over time, it has not yet made it in all distributions. If your OS does not yet ship with libreswan packages, you can build libreswan from source yourself. The source archive contains a directory /packaging that provides the build instructions for many systems, including fedora, rhel/centos and openwrt. For Debian and Ubuntu based systems, packaging files are in the /debian/ directory.

Here is simple procedure to build debian package from libreswan tarball.

  1. cd libreswan-3.*/debian
  2. make deb

Compiling the userland for an install in /usr/local

Fedora 26

dnf group install 'C Development Tools and Libraries'
dnf install nss-devel nspr-devel libevent-devel unbound-devel pam-devel audit-libs-devel libcurl-devel libseccomp-devel systemd-devel libcap-ng-devel fipscheck-devel ldns-devel xmlto
make all
make install

Fedora 24

dnf group install 'C Development Tools and Libraries'
dnf install nss-devel nspr-devel unbound-devel xmlto pam-devel libevent-devel audit-libs-devel fipscheck-devel libcap-ng-devel libcurl-devel systemd-devel
make all
make install

Fedora 23

dnf group install 'C Development Tools and Libraries'
dnf install nss-devel nspr-devel unbound-devel xmlto pam-devel libevent-devel audit-libs-devel fipscheck-devel libcap-ng-devel libcurl-devel
make all
make install